Our novels: Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape



, , , ,

A Forsaken Friend

A Forsaken Friend

The FRIENDS trilogy continues in this heart-warming and hilarious hoot as two best friends navigate men, careers and rock bottom in this brilliant sequel to A Falling Friend.

Published by Lakewater Press.

Available to buy on Amazon.

About the book:

No-one said friendship was easy.

Things can’t get much worse for Teri Meyer. If losing her job at the university and the regular allowance from her dad’s factory isn’t bad enough, now her ex-best friend has gone and stolen her ex-husband!

Well, to hell with them all. A few weeks in the countryside at her brother’s smallholding should do the trick – and the gorgeous and god-like neighbour might help. Continue reading

Review: Lead Me Home provides a promising start for debut novelist CS Savage



Lead Me Home – CS Savage (2)Anyone who has ever felt overwhelmed by a never-ending stream of work emails will experience an instant surge of sympathy for Dr Clancy Mclean, the over-worked psychiatrist at the heart of Lead Me Home, a suspenseful debut from CS Savage.

Those pesky emails are a recurring theme that clearly reflects the reality of an under-resourced mental health service.

Mclean’s days are filled with endless, interminably dull Continue reading

Read an extract: The Vicar of Dibley meets Rev in The Girls’ Book of Priesthood



Girls_Priesthood_PB_CVR.inddIt’s 24 years since women were first ordained into the Anglican priesthood in a ceremony conducted by Bishop Barry Rogerson in Bristol Cathedral in March 12, 1994.

Thirty-two women were consecrated – the youngest was aged 30 and the oldest was 69.

Bishop Rogerson predicted then that it would take approximately a decade for the first women to join the ranks of the bishopric.

He was wrong – ten years later women made up around one fifth of the clergy, but few were in senior posts, and Continue reading

Meet the author: Why Jane Dunning loves being Thirty-five Minutes from St Tropez


, ,

Thirty-five Minutes from St Tropez (2)[2605]Sometimes author Jane Dunning, whose first novel Thirty-five Minutes from St Tropez  was inspired by her love of Provence, wonders if France is in her blood because she was born in Guernsey  in the Channel Islands.

‘I’m not sure,’ she says, ‘but I truly love our neighbour across the English Channel.’

Which, perhaps, explains why Brexit is testing her patience.

Her first visit to France was in 1978 when it had few Continue reading

Review: Don’t You Dare – an assured new thriller from Girl on a Train’s AJ Waines


, ,

Waines 3It’s every woman’s nightmare: to slip the key into the lock and realise there’s an intruder inside.

What to do?

You can’t back out because the door always closes with a juddering sound that’s bound to attract attention.

And you can’t call the police because whoever’s broken in might hear you.

And then you hear a woman whimpering and moaning. Continue reading

Review: Audrey Davis makes A Clean Sweep with witty page-turner


, ,

ACleanSweepcover (2)It may seem a little like stating the blindingly obvious but Audrey Davis has a way with words.

I’ve enjoyed the witty word play in both of her Hattie Hastings novellas which I read earlier this year.

And A Clean Sweep is just as clever, packed with dry asides and witty observations.

In the opening pages, for instance, 50-something Emily is considering the Kim Kardashian question – how can a Continue reading

Review: A macho action thriller from Dave Stanton, author of the Dan Reno series



Dave Stanton - Hard Prejudice_cover_high res (2)Thrills and spills – and dead bodies too – come fast and furious in Hard Prejudice, the sixth outing for Dave Stanton’s bounty hunter and private eye Dan Reno.

This is a satisfyingly macho action thriller that’s not for the faint-hearted.

Reno, and his sidekick, ex-cop Cody, don’t believe in a softly-softly approach when it comes to dealing with the bad guys.

And, though, Reno, at least, sometimes suffers night Continue reading

A day in the life of…Karen Cole of Hair Past A Freckle


, ,

karengarden (5)My name: Hi, I’m Karen. I live in Shaftesbury, Dorset (home of Gold Hill from the famous Hovis advert) and blog at Hair Past A Freckle.

People often ask me about my blog’s name – it was actually something my father used to say when I was growing up.

If you’re unaware of the saying, it’s something said in response to somebody asking the time, usually because the person isn’t wearing a watch – or, in the case of my Dad, just to be annoying!

It seems a fitting name for a book blog as there can’t be many readers who haven’t completely lost track of time thanks to a good book. Continue reading

Meet the author: an adventurous life inspires The Picture writer Roger Bray


, ,

The Picture (2)Life, says Roger Bray, author of The Picture, is an endless adventure.

And he’s had plenty of adventures – serving in the navy, fighting in wars and, finally, as a police officer, where he was medically retired after sustaining a serious injury protecting a woman in a domestic violence incident.

A period of depression followed. But he firmly believes that when one door closes, another opens. So, he enrolled in college and studied for bachelor and master degrees where, alongside the qualifications, he discovered an unexpected bonus. Continue reading

Meet the author. AJ Waines asks, what if your daughter becomes your enemy?

AJ (Alison) Waines is a hugely successful author, she has sold over 450,000 books worldwide and topped the UK and Australian Kindle Charts in two consecutive years with her number one bestseller, Girl on a Train.

Waines 1

Following fifteen years as a psychotherapist, she is now a full-time novelist with publishing deals in the UK, France, Germany, Norway, Hungary and USA (audiobooks).

Her fourth psychological thriller, No Longer Safe, sold over 30,000 copies in the first month, in thirteen countries.

Her most recent book is Don’t You Dare, a thriller that explores the dark side of a mother-daughter relationship when pushed to the limit.
Continue reading